Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association




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MAY 10, 2013

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Beer, Pizza and Fundraising for MOFGA!

The Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company, owned by MOFGA Board Member Paul Lorrain and his son Abraham, will release a new IPA (So Folkin' Hoppy) at the Flatbread Company in Portland on Thursday, May 16, 6 to 9 p.m. Big Blue, a great band from Brunswick, will play music, and, best of all, $1 from every pint sold will go to MOFGA. Funky Bow also is donating to MOFGA 1% of sales from its first quarter. Thank you Funky Bow! Thank you Flatbread! Hope to see you all there!

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June 30 - Deadline for applications to MOFGA Certification Services LLC for organic crop certification.

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Maine's Right To Know GMO
Labeling Bill

We support LD 718, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock. Help us ensure that all members of Maine's Legislature hear our message clearly. Please take the time to reach out to your state representatives and senators. You can find their contact information here:
Thank you again for all the support that you are giving.

Read more.
Our GMO-Right to Know Resources page on

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Common Ground Country Fair
Exhibitor and Presenter Application Deadlines

MOFGA is now accepting applications for Presenters, Entertainers, and exhibitors in the Agricultural Demonstrations, Health & Healing, and Media areas at the Common Ground Country Fair. Links to presenter, entertainer and exhibitor applications and guidelines for participation in the Fair are all available online at Look for the "Areas" link to find the application for each area.

Interested in giving a presentation at the Fair? Please submit your proposal online via our Presenter Application.

The application deadline for Presenters and Agricultural Demonstrations, Health & Healing, and Media exhibitors is May 15th. The Entertainment deadline is May 31st. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact April Boucher at 207-568-4142 or

Help Wanted

The Common Ground Country Fair is looking for a resourceful and creative individual to join our team as Fair Assistant through the Summer and into early October. If you have experience organizing events; versatile computer skills; the willingness to learn new systems and programs; and the capacity to prioritize in a bustling workplace teeming with distractions, we would love to hear from you. The Fair Assistant position is part-time, seasonal, and located in Unity. The full job description is available on the MOFGA website here.

The Fair Entertainment Committee is looking for individuals with a passion for entertainment to help select acts for the Fair and to volunteer at least one full day at the Fair. Interested? Questions? Contact Alfred Lund, Entertainment Coordinator, at

Additional volunteer opportunities coordinating elements of the Fair are available. To learn more or to get involved with Fair planning as an area coordinator, contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at

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Wireless EBT terminals available for direct market farmers who accept SNAP!

Contact Kelly O'Neal at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for more information:

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Is a Specialty Food in Your Farm’s Future? Find out how to start a specialty food business by reading a new UMaine Extension fact sheet #3101, Recipe to Market: How to Start a Specialty Food Business in Maine.

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UMaine Extension's Harvest for Hunger Program

UMaine Extension's Harvest for Hunger program needs home gardeners, farmers, employers, civic organizations, schools and volunteers to help feed hungry Mainers. If you have quality produce left over in the field after your harvest, or if you participate in a Farmers' Market which has some after-market produce left over, that food may be useful to a local pantry or shelter. Contact Barbara Murphy, state coordinator for Maine Harvest for Hunger, to see if volunteers are available in your community to help get the food where it is needed:, 207-743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482 (in Maine).

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Rural Energy for America Program

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of projects. Offering both loan guarantees and grants, the REAP program helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters, make energy efficiency improvements such as installing irrigation pumps or replacing ventilation systems, and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies. The application deadline for REAP has been extended to May 31, 2013. Information.

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Mulch Blueberry Plants

UMaine Cooperative Extension says one way to protect blueberries from mummy berry disease, a fungal disease, is to apply 2 inches of mulch under plants to bury overwintering "mummies" that will shoot fungal spores that infect new growth. Maine Home Garden News

Also at this Maine Home Garden News site, Lois Stack has a wonderful article called "The Buzz about Bees," with several ideas for supporting bees in home gardens; and Cumberland County master gardener Martha Stein has an article warning gardeners to avoid compost that may be contaminated with auxinic herbicides.

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The long-awaited asparagus season is here! Enjoy this delicious and nutritious spring vegetable, simmered and seasoned with butter and salt; combined with feta cheese in grilled sandwiches; incorporated in casseroles, and more. Learn how to grow asparagus from expert farmers and Cooperative Extension personnel in the article "Asparagus Production in Maine." And find out how to keep ahead of asparagus beetle problems (as well as cutworms and seedcorn maggots) in Eric Sideman's latest
Pest Report.

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Featured at the MOFGA Store

Spring is here! This time of year, our staff is reminded of Russell Libby, Executive Director for MOFGA for 17 years. He often wrote about spring blooms and changing seasons in his poetry book, Balance: A Late Pastoral. What better way to celebrate Russell's life and this beautiful season than with this book? You can get your copy at MOFGA's online Country Store for only $10. Happy spring!
MOFGA Store.


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety, Level I

May 19, Bethel, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come join us May 19th in Bethel, Maine. This one-day course covers all the fundamentals of safe and effective chainsaw operation. Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager, or plan to use a chainsaw occasionally this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, and without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

May 17 to 19 - Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds.

May 19 - FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. Presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. $20.00 per farm. Register online or download the registration form (PDF) and mail it in with a check for $20.00 made payable to "University of Maine Cooperative Extension" at least one week in advance of the workshop to: FAMACHA Workshop/UMaine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105. Website.

May 28 - Conservation Farm Tour. 4 p.m., Goranson Farm, Dresden. View the farm's reduced tillage techniques and learn how to improve your soil health. RSVP to Katy Green:

May 22 - MOFGA's Farm Training Project workshop: "Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management." Wednesday, 5 p.m., Six River Farm, Bowdoinham. Designed for and targeted to participants in MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program but are free and open to anyone who is interested. Free.

May 23 - MOFGA's Farm Training Project workshop: "Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management." Thursday, 5 p.m., Village Farm in Freedom. Designed for and targeted to participants in MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program but are free and open to anyone who is interested. Free.

May 24 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting, Augusta. Details.

June 1 to 2 - Maine Fiber Frolic,

June 8 - NOFA-New Hampshire's Spring Herb & Garden Day. Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, McLane Audubon Center, Concord, N.H. 12 workshops including herbal product making, brewing herbal beer, organic heirloom gardening, permaculture for beginners, marketing, an All-Day Herbal Intensive, foraging walks and more! Registration.

Farm & Homestead Day - June 15
Come! Learn! Volunteer!
Bring the Family!
It's Free - and Valuable!

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, a revival of Small Farm Field Day, is a free, volunteer-driven event offering a wide variety of hands-on and interactive sessions on useful skills for new and old homesteaders and farmers. It will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity. Bring your family and friends!

2013 Poultry Processing Workshop
Wednesday, June 19, 9 am to 12 noon
MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Full - Waiting List Only
Diane Schivera, MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist, and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals will lead a workshop about how to process poultry. Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office - (207) 568-4142;

July 25 and 26 - 2013 Kneading Conference and 5th Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan, Maine. 30 workshops, talks, and panel discussions for everyone interested in local grains, craft breads, wood-fired ovens, and restoring regional grain networks. $300 includes (delicious!) meals. Information.

Low Impact Forestry Level II, Draft Animal Logging

July 26-28, Bethel, Me.

This 3-day workshop builds on the skills that students developed in the Level I Draft Power Logging Workshop. Students are expected to have completed LIF's Level I course, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

Many other events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.


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